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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Date published:
June 04, 2014, 1:00 BST
  • Van Den Broeck not certain for Tour de France

    Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol)
    Article published:
    June 03, 2014, 16:40 BST
    Cycling News

    Belgian will test form at Critérium du Dauphiné

    Jurgen Van Den Broeck’s (Lotto-Belisol) Tour de France hangs in the balance, only a month before the race begins.

    Van Den Broeck is among the many riders who are reconnoitering the Tour de France stages early this week, before riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The Belgian will use the week-long stage race as preparation for the Tour, if the team are happy with his performance.

    "If his Dauphiné is bad, then it makes no sense that we send him to the Tour,” director sportif Herman Frison told Het Nieuwsblad. “We do not want to punish him, but to protect him. If he starts the Tour then there will be expectations from him, us and the public. It would not be fair to send him if we know that he cannot meet those expectations. For clarity, Jurgen fully supports our decision."

    Van Den Broeck has twice finished fourth in the general classification at the Tour de France and was hoping to finally make the podium this season. However, the previous 12 months have been fractured for Van Den Broeck, with a recurring knee problem disrupting his racing schedule.

    He first injured the knee at the Tour de France in 2013, which put him out of the remainder of the season. The Belgian began this season at the Tour de San Luis and looked like he was getting back on track, before he crashed and injured the same knee at Tirreno-Adriatico. While he escaped serious injury, it has meant more time off the bike than he or the team would like.

    The team aren’t putting too much pressure on Van Den Broeck, with regards to the end result at the Dauphiné, but they...

  • Riders boycott Spanish national championships

    Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) kept his race lead
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    June 03, 2014, 19:48 BST
    Cycling News

    Rider on foreign teams refuse to race as national federation fail to pay costs

    Spanish riders with foreign teams will not race at the Spanish National Championships later this month.

    Biciciclismo confirmed today that riders have refused to take part as the Royal Spanish Federation (RFEC) have failed to pay travel and food costs. For the last three years, riders being forced to pay out of their own pockets to compete.

    So far, requests to the RFEC to make the payments have been met with silence. The Association of Professional Cyclists's riders have been unanimous in their decision and hope to resolve the issue soon.

    This year’s Spanish championships are set to take place in Ponferrada, with the road race following the same route that will be used at the World Championships in September.

    Currently there are 17 Spanish riders racing with foreign teams - at the WorldTour level – including Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Samuel Sánchez (BMC).

    There has been no confirmation as to whether the Spanish team Movistar will follow suit. Both defending Spanish champions, Jesus Herrada (road) and Jonathan Castroviejo (time trial) are on the team. However, 2010 champion José Iván Gutiérrez tweeted his support. "Respect to the professional group of me affected colleagues, but I feel the shame of the ACP… Amazing the ineffectiveness of our Association and my most sincere support to the cyclists who have not been paid."

    The Spanish championships will go ahead as planned, between June 27-29,...

  • Gallery: 50 moments from the Giro d'Italia

    Fans in Belfast came out in droves to see the Giro d'Italia.
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    June 03, 2014, 21:31 BST
    Cycling News

    From Belfast to Trieste through the lens of Tim De Waele

    The first Grand Tour of the 2014 season is now behind us, but we can't stop looking back and reveling in all the exciting moments of the Giro d'Italia. From the opening three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland, where the spectacular green landscapes only served to accentuate the pink that was everywhere. The rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the fans. Orica-GreenEdge led the way by winning the first stage and holding the maglia rosa for the first seven stages before their luck began to slowly unravel.

    The return to Italy was met with more rain, and the slick roads led to the only really dull stage of the race, when the peloton called a go-slow to avoid crashing. Even so, once they got to racing the final sprint was marred by a crash in the final bend. It was the beginning of Nacer Bouhanni's time to shine, as the Frenchman tallied up three wins in the second week.

    The rain also gave the first bit of controversy for the race: on a shower-slicked roundabout, most of the peloton went down behind the pace making of the BMC team, and Cadel Evans rode on leaving his GC rivals in the dust. Amazingly, Michael Matthews was able to hang on through the final ascent to Montecassino, but his time in pink ended soon after.

    With the sprinters left well behind on the stage to Montecopiolo, the jersey passed along to Evans, but Rigoberto Uran was his shadow. Unable to gain time on the Omega Pharma man, and ceded his maglia rosa in the stage 12 time trial.

    That previous day, Adriano Malori (Movistar) was on his way to becoming the first internet...

  • Weekly wrap: North American road races, teams and riders

    Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) points to the sky and holds his hand over his chest as his wife always tells him to race with his heart
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    June 04, 2014, 1:45 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Specialized-lululemon’s Canuel breaks vertebra at Philadelphia Cycling Classic

    North American riders and teams competed in a mixture of overseas stage races including the final week of the Giro d'Italia that ended on Sunday in Trieste, along with the National Racing Calendar (NCC) Glencoe Grand Prix and the UCI-ranked Philadelphia Cycling Classic. Check out a few of the other highlights from the peloton last week and a peek at what's to come including the NCC's doubleheader weekend with Tulsa Tough and Air Force Cycling Classic.

    Bittersweet Philadelphia Cycling Classic for Specialized-lululemon
    Specialized-lululemon had bittersweet day at the Philadelphia Cycling Classic on Sunday. American Evelyn Stevens won her second consecutive title ahead of Lex Albrecht (Twenty16 Pro Cycling) and Lauren Hall (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies). However, her Canadian teammate Karol-Ann Canuel crashed mid-race and suffered a broken C7 vertebra and first rib. "There was no damage to her spinal chord," said the team's manager Kristy Scrymgeour. "She will need some time off but she's doing OK."

    A birthday victory for Reijnen on Manayunk
    Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) celebrated his birthday with a second consecutive win atop Manayunk Wall at the Philadelphia Cycling Classic. His team led the field into base of the steep climb and Reijnen launched his sprint to take the win...

  • Haas overcomes early hardship to complete first grand tour

    Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) on the front of the breakaway
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    June 04, 2014, 2:50 BST
    Cycling News

    Australian on his Giro d'Italia Odyssey

    The Zoncolan is billed as the toughest climb in Europe, but nearing the summit on Saturday afternoon, Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) seemed almost like a man who didn't quite want it to end.

    As his Giro d'Italia drew to a close, the Australian could finally allow himself to make light of the hardship. Inside the final kilometre, where members of the Alpini stood on ceremony on the roadside, Haas heralded conquering the Kaiser and completing his first three-week race by pulling a wheelie to whoops of encouragement from the tifosi

    "I had a lot of fun going up the last kilometres. I was well in front of the gruppetto and I was definitely going to make the time cut so I enjoyed the climb," Haas told Cyclingnews. "When I got to the top it was a pretty beautiful feeling knowing that I'd be finishing my first grand tour."

    Buoyed by the euphoria of the moment on the way up the Zoncolan, Haas was struck by the magnitude of its context as he descended down the other side to his team bus. Waiting was directeur sportif Charly Wegelius, who murmured his congratulations while Haas quietly shed a tear. After being forced out of his debut Giro through injury in the final week last year, he had finally joined the club.

    "I had a couple of memories going back to where I started with my Genesys team in Australia. I just had a bit of a personal moment when I got to the top of that hill. It's a long way," Haas said. "For an Australian from a relatively small town, it seems pretty far removed from where I grew up."

    Haas' Giro seemed an ill-starred one from the very outset in Belfast. He was one of four fallers in the team time trial crash that ended the race for Garmin's Dan...

  • FDJ shortlist 13-riders for Tour de France team

    Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) happy in red
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    June 04, 2014, 4:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Bouhanni and Démare both named

    With just over one month until the Tour de France's Yorkshire Grand Depart, FDJ have announced a 13-rider long list for the race including its two top sprinters, Nacer Bouhanni and Arnaud Démare. Notable absentees from the list are four-time stage winner, Pierrick Fédrigo, and Kenny Elissonde who won atop the Angliru at last year's Vuelta a Espana.

    Last year it was Bouhanni who was the protected sprinter at the Tour and 2014 was to be Démare's turn. Bouhanni, who is in the last year of his FDJ contract, won three stages and the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia and as a result is now being considered for La Grand Boucle, forcing FDJ to rethink its sprinting plans. Démare's contract was recently extended through to 2016.

    The rivalry between the two sprinters has been acknowledged by both riders and the team manager Marc Madiot, although he is yet to decide on taking one of the two riders or both.

    Deciding against taking Bouhanni may be the deciding factor in the 23-year-old moving to one of the "several teams who want Bouhanni."

    While the team will look for success in the sprint stages, Démare is confident he can beat...

  • Electronic Campagnolo Chorus EPS groupset launched

    Campagnolo Chorus EPS features a new four-bolt spider design, compatible with compact and standard chainrings
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    June 04, 2014, 6:00 BST

    Record-level electronic shifting trickles down to redesigned Chorus groupset

    Campagnolo has added EPS electronic shifting to its second-tier Chorus groupset.

    As well as the new technology upgrade, which was previously restricted to the top Record and Super Record groupsets, the Italian marque has made significant changes throughout the rest of the Chorus offering.

    The carbon crank arms have been reshaped – making it a very good-looking transmission – but more practically Campy has updated the spider too. The 2015 version uses a four-arm design and a unified bolt pattern that means the cranks can take both compact and standard chainrings in ratios of 53/39, 52/36 and 50/34. The design is not entirely new, however; it first saw light of days on a prototype we spotted at the Giro d’Italia in Belfast last month. The crank length options will be available in standard sizes: 170, 172.5 and 175.

    Campagnolo also appears to have double-bolted the crankset on the Chorus model – one for each chainring – which it claims enhances rigidity. It is unknown if there is a weight penalty or how much it is.

    Like Record level grouppos, EPS Chorus uses ErgoPower levers. This too has received a slight modification; the thumb shifters have been updated and look more scalloped and paddle-like.

    Campagnolo Chorus ErgoPower levers have been updated – those thumb paddles have been slightly reshaped

    Power is provided by the same EPS V2 internal battery used by the Record tier grouppos.

    The rear derailleur body appears to be a mix of aluminium and carbon – and though it doesn’t look as swish as the full carbon Record body design, it is still elegant and refined.

    The trickle down of the electronic technology means the Italian marque now offers an alternative to Shimano Ultegra Di2. Campagnolo will continue offering Chorus as a...

  • Giant-Shimano going with youth at Critérium du Dauphiné

    Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Giant - Shimano)
    Article published:
    June 04, 2014, 7:00 BST
    Cycling News

    All about gaining experience at WorldTour event

    Giant-Shimano will line up at the Critérium du Dauphiné  — a key race in the build up for the Tour de France — with a youthful team led by Nikias Arndt and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg who are looking for sprint wins.

    The eight-stage race begins in Lyon with a 10km individual time trial, which includes a recently opened two-kilometre underground passageway, with several opportunities for sprint finishes.

    At last week's Bayern Rundfahrt, Arndt and van Rensburg were both animating the sprints but are chasing line honours at the French WorldTour race.

    Thomas Damuseau, last year's winner of the King of the Mountains classification, returns to the race and after strong showings at the Tour of California, Chad Haga and Daan Olivier also line up for the team which is complemented by the experienced trio — Dries Devenyns, Johannes Fröhlingerand and Thierry Hupond.

    "The Dauphiné provides some of the young riders on the team with the opportunity to race a fantastic race at the highest level here in Europe," said Giant-Shimano coach, Christian Guiberteau.

    "For the race we have chances for results in the sprints with both Nikias and Reinardt, and after that the goal will be to go on the offensive with the others. We will also see how Daan is going in the mountains. Hopefully we will have a strong week and come away having learned a lot and also with some nice results."